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Sunflower and Bud

Alyce Taylor

Joined December 2008

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A single sunflower grows along the shores of the duck pond outside the Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale, Alberta, with another soon to follow.

Canon EOS 50D
Focal length:300 mm
Exposure:1/400 at f/7.1
ISO: 160
No post-processing

Facts About Sunflower

  • Sunflower is the national flower of Russia and the state flower of Kansas, USA.
  • Sunflower is notable for turning to face the Sun, a behavior known as heliotropism.
  • Sunflowers were cultivated by Native Americans well over 1000 years ago.
  • Sunflower heads consist of 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers joined together by a receptacle base. The large petals around the edge of a sunflower head are individual ray flowers which do not develop into seed.
  • Sunflower seeds have lots of calcium and 11 other important minerals. They do have 50% fat, but it is mostly polyunsaturated linoleic acid.
  • Wild Sunflower is highly branched with small heads and small seeds, in contrast to the single-stem and large seed head of domesticated sunflower. Sunflower perfumes are also popular.
  • According to the 1996 Guiness Book of Records, the tallest Sunflower ever grown measured 25 feet 5 and 1/2 inches. According to the 1996 Guiness Book of Records, the smallest sunflower ever grown to maturity measured 2 and 1/5 inches. According to the 1996 Guiness Book of Records, the largest sunflower head measured 32 and 1/4 inches across.
  • The Modern Sunflower Kitchens have a large number of sunflower decorated items like sunflower painted crockery, Dinner sets, and living rooms with sunflower wallpaper, S. wallpaper art, S. Wallpaper borders, Sunflower rugs, Sunflower pillows.
  • Golden mini Sunflowers herald sunny summer days. The carefree sunflower bouquet sends cheery wishes for all those special occasions – birthday, wedding anniversary, new baby, get well, or to simply say thanks.

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  • Larry Trupp
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